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Grimmfest 2019 Film Feature - She Never Died

Runtime: 90 mins

Grimmfest Feature by: Darren Tilby



Synopsis: Lacey, a socially detached loner, is cursed with immortality and a never-ending tedium of existence. In her attempts to keep her compulsions in check, she seeks out the darkest souls humanity has to offer. Lacey must now face her own inner demons while simultaneously finding her next meal.

Grimmfest say: It seems that Cain is not alone after all… The long-awaited gender-switching sequel to Grimmfest audience favourite HE NEVER DIED sees the formidable Olunike Adeliyi stepping into the Henry Rollins role, and filling those sizable boots with considerable panache, as the even more savage and dysfunctional immortal, Lacey. Biblical and pulp noir archetypes collide once more, as screenwriter Jason Krawczyk deftly expands on the mythology he established in the first film. The deadpan humour and laconic Bukowski-esque dialogue is as sharp as ever, while director Audrey Cummings handles the flamboyant mayhem with fluid grace and style. Just like the original, it’s a wild ride. And it ends with the suggestion that there might be more stories to tell.

What I'm Expecting: Having not seen He Never Died, I’m slightly apprehensive about seeing its sequel, She Never Died. Partly because I’m worried that it’ll be tough to follow without seeing the first movie, and partly because I have no idea what to expect. From what I’ve read, He Never Died seems to be a violent movie with scenes of cannibalism. Also, from the official synopsis and Grimmfest’s write up of She Never Died, it looks like the film has a superhero/comic book vibe to it. An ultra-violent and uncompromising superhero/villain movie with inflexions of horror could be very refreshing, particularly in our world of family-friendly Marvel movies. Even in Deadpool, the violence was relatively tame and portrayed as being more stylised than it was graphic. The last genuinely dark superhero movie we got, at least that I can remember was Logan. I’d Like something equally as gritty, but altogether more horrifying.



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